As February begins, spring-like weather to continue

As January comes to a close
Tuesday, it’s been a month that’s featured very little winter weather in the
Mid-South and more days you’d expect to find in March and April! The same was
true today as temperatures soared back into the 60s following a brief cool down
over the weekend. With February’s arrival, very little change is on
the horizon in our weather pattern, meaning more mild days and just a few
chances for rain in the foreseeable future.
The first shot at rainfall in the
days ahead is just about 24 hours away, expected to arrive late Tuesday night
in association with a cold front sweeping in from the northwest. However, prior
to any wet weather, another nice afternoon is expected Tuesday as temperatures
climb to the upper 60s, though south winds will be breezy as moisture levels
As the front approaches after midnight, rain chances will increase, which will continue into much of
Wednesday as well. Fortunately, with instability limited and the system expected
to pass through rather quickly, most rain should just be in the form of
showers. Amounts will on the light side, generally a quarter to third of an
model forecast for 6 AM Wednesday, February 1st
The front will clear the area Wednesday
night, meaning a return to dry weather Thursday and at least part of Friday.  However with arctic air still locked in place well to our north, the mild
temperatures will continue with highs expected to remain in the 60s, a
good 15 degrees above normal!
The next cold front is then
expected to move toward the area later in the day Friday, providing our next chance
of rain. Computer models are somewhat disagreeing with the timing of this next
system due to the complex pattern in place, but rain may be possible on both
Saturday and Sunday, and details will be refined as necessary in the days ahead.
Temperatures may turn slightly cooler as well by next weekend, but any true
arctic air still looks to be further out in the month where confidence is
dramatically lower.  For the complete forecast, visit
–Kevin Terry, MemphisWeather.Net

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